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The Labex brings together biologists who work on interactions at the molecular scale as well as ecologists who work on interactions from the organism to ecosystem scale. These complementary approaches make it possible to improve knowledge from direct experience, in the field, and to evaluate the long-term environmental impact of new human processes.

The spectacular growth of agricultural productivity during the twentieth century was made possible thanks to several remarkable developments in farming techniques: genetic selection, agrochemicals, mechanized and intensive production. This revolution in agricultural practices has, however, generated numerous environmental problems with the excessive use of pesticides, nitrates and phosphates. Humanity now needs to develop environmentally friendly farming techniques.

Two main axes:

Beside improving low-input agricultural strategies and quality of crops, a second set of added values of TULIP translational research programs will be environmental. On the one hand, fundamental questions addressed by scientists working using molecular approaches are complemented by environmental approaches leading to engineering and ecological restoration. On the other hand, involving ecologists is a unique opportunity to study long-term environmental impacts of new products developed by biologists.

One of the aims of the TULIP project is to strengthen research at the interface between sciences that appear as most applied (chemistry, agronomy and environmental conservation). Interactions between applied and fundamental research is also one of TULIP specificities and must lead to enhance observatories. In the medium term, researchers hope to improve biodiversity management and, thanks to some strong links with environmental agencies, influence public policy as, for example,  taking biodiversity into account in local planning and the organization of territories.

Research development is based on relationships between scientific institutions and industrial partners: Toulouse SATT (Toulouse Tech Transfer), INRA Transfert, Agrimip innovation cluster, agro-industrial and seed companies.

Innovation calls for projects

This calls for proposals aims at promoting applied research involving companies to foster research transfer. TULIP is able to fund selected projects up to 50% (in partnership with private companies).

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  • COMBIER JP et al. B : Utilisation de micropeptides pour favoriser la croissance des plantes -  Juin 2014 LRSV
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  • COMBIER JP et al. Utilisation de peptides pour réguler l’expression de gènes - Octobre 2013 LRSV
  • BONO JJ et al. Utilisation d'un récepteur kinase à motifs LysM pour améliorer la réponse des plantes aux lipochitooligosaccharides. N° PCT/IB2013/058147 - Août 2013 LIPM
  • HERRBACH et al. Compositions and methods for enhancing plant growth and development. N° PCT/IB2013/058879 - Septembre 2013 LIPM
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Two selected projects for the 2016 AO Innovation second call !

Two selected projects for the 2016 AO Innovation second call !

Launched in June 2016, this call for "Innovation" projects opened to the TULIP scientific community aims at supporting actions of valorization or...
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Two selected projects for the 2016 AO Innovation first call !

Two selected projects for the 2016 AO Innovation first call !

As we announced in the previous issue, TULIP launched last November a call for projects to support actions of transfer or pré-maturation by members...
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Innovation call for project

Final lap for the Innovation call for project

As part of its general objectives of stimulating the transfer of scientific discoveries in collaborative projects with private partners, the LabEx...
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